wo Toledo women are facing charges that they conspired to defraud the government while attempting to obtain personal information from lower-income victims and their children.
In a 29-count federal indictment filed this week, 32-year-old Erica Harris and 29-year-old Shaunte Harris are charged for their roles in a tax fraud conspiracy in which they fraudulently claimed and received more than $436,000.
United States Attorney for the Norther District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach says the Toledo women, along with Latoya Gilmer, 29, of Detroit, approached individuals with little or no income and offered them a portion of tax refunds from fraudulent claims filed from 2009 through April 2010. The refunds offered were in exchange for the victims' personal information and that of their children.
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The defendants used the information to file false claims electronically, reporting false wages, false Social Security benefits, and false 1099 withholding amounts typically exceeding $10,000.
All together, the women filed more than 40 false tax claims and received returns of approximately $436,036, according to the indictment.
The Internal Revenue Service continues to investigate the case.